Nu metal

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Nu metal (also known as nĂ¼-metal[4] or aggro-metal[5][6]) is a subgenre[7] of heavy metal.[4][8][9][10] It is a fusion genre[9] which combines elements of heavy metal with other genres, including grunge and hip hop. The genre gained mainstream success in the late 1990s and early 2000s.

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Characteristics

Bands associated with nu metal derive influence from a variety of diverse styles, including electronica/electronic music, funk, glam rock, gothic rock, grunge, hardcore punk, hip hop, industrial rock, jazz, post punk and synthpop.[2][5][9][11][12] Also, nu metal derives influence from multiple subgenres of heavy metal including rap metal, funk metal and thrash metal.[2][5][9]

Nu metal music is mostly syncopated and based on riffs.[4] Its lack of guitar solos and virtuousity contrasts it with other metal subgenres.[4] Another way in which nu metal is contrasted with other metal subgenres is its emphasis on rhythm.[9] Similarities with other heavy metal subgenres include its use of common time, distorted guitars, power chords and note structures primarily revolving around Dorian, Aeolian or Phrygian modes.[4]

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